Acts of kindness pouring into Newtown
UNDATED (WHDH) -- From big universities to small communities, people are reaching out in support of the victims of the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy.
Six-year-old Emilie Parker's tiny heart was full of love and kindness. Her father, Robert, made an emotional plea for that spirit to be the legacy of this tragedy.
"Let it not turn into something that defines us, but something that inspires us to be better, to be more compassionate, and more humble people," Robert Parker said.
Pouring into Newtown are acts of kindness: anonymous deliveries of Christmas trees from North Carolina and a day of free coffee at the town's general store from California.
"It's really nice to see. You know, it's a small gesture, you know. But it's huge in its impact," said Peter Leone, owner of Newtown General Store.
Family members who could not attend Monday’s funeral of Noah Pozner wrote letters to be buried with him. To make sure they arrived in time, his aunt reached out for help.
Jet Blue flew the letters in, tweeting: "We're honored to have been able to help the loving family of little Noah."
"It warmed my heart so much that I am on a quest now to pay it forward," said Rose Pratt, Altoona, Pennsylvania resident.
And generosity is spreading beyond Newtown. Pratt found a card with money on her windshield, with a message from the anonymous giver.
"’How do you fight evil in the world? You fight it with good. This act of kindness is in memory of a child who lost his or her life,’" said Pratt.
The pay it forward movement is spreading on social media. People are carrying out random acts of kindness all over the world in honor of the Newtown victims.